Potini and weightlifter Manine Lynch were both invited to attend the annual event, which brings together young people from around the world with the aim of educating and motivating them to use their experiences back in their home nations to promote the Olympic ideals and values.
As a result of attending the academy, Potini believes that implementing an education/cultural ambassador who has the responsibility for promoting the Olympic values and cultural education will help future athletes.
He also recommends giving athletes an insight into their personal reach and highlighting the possible repercussions of poor decision-making, to ensure they can handle the pressure of life as a high-performance athlete.
Potini’s final recommendation was to advocate for quality physical education and sport values, based with education, to be integrated into the school curriculum.
Alongside attending the official seminar, both Potini and Lynch also got to do a little sightseeing.
They visited the sanctuary of Ancient Olympia, where the first Olympic Games were held. Olympia is linked to many different myths related to the divinities that were worshipped there and the heroes who founded the games. They also went on a tour of the ancient Acropolis and the Panathenaic Stadium.
Potini said he would like to thank CISNOC for giving him the opportunity to attend the event, as well as a thank you to Aunty Ellena Tavioni at Tav Pacific for their cultural outfits.
“We wore our outfits to the opening ceremony and also on the night of our cultural show,” said Potini. “We stood out, as everyone else who attended wore suits and we received a lot of photo requests from other countries.
“Manine and I also presented a 15-minute show which left such an impression on everyone that we were asked to present it again by the president of IOA, as he unfortunately came in late and wanted to learn more about the Cook Islands.”